Too many of today's pastors and leaders mistakenly think that thriving programs, lively worship services, and relevant preaching are adequate for developing people into the spiritual dynamos God desires. In many churches, the primary objective of the church?personally discipling individuals...
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Too many of today's pastors and leaders mistakenly think that thriving programs, lively worship services, and relevant preaching are adequate for developing people into the spiritual dynamos God desires. In many churches, the primary objective of the church?personally discipling individuals into mature followers of Jesus?has been ?outsourced? to large-scale programs. But are people truly being disciple and taught how to follow Jesus? Are they growing in spiritual depth and missional determination?
Twenty-five years ago, the leadership team of Perimeter, Randy Pope's rapidly growing church realized that nothing but personal discipleship could account for the uniqueness of individuals and the call of God on each person's life. Perimeter calls their approach ?life-on-life missional discipleship,? and this book tells the story of how they learned to bring discipleship back from the margins of church life to the mainstream.
Many pastors and leaders are slowly awakening to the reality that current models of ministry just aren?t working the way they had hoped they would. Randy's journey as a pastor will encourage you and invite you to consider the effectiveness and fruitfulness of your own church's discipleship efforts.
RANDY POPE is the senior pastor of Perimeter Church in Duluth, Georgia. Under his leadership Perimeter Church has founded over twenty churches and also provides urban ministry to the under-resourced of Atlanta. Randy is a frequent speaker for Campus Outreach and Campus Crusade for Christ conferences, and served for ten years as chaplain on the ATP Tennis Tour. His commitment to training disciples has led to the founding of Atlanta Seminary and Perimeter Christian Schools. Randy and his wife, Carol, have four children and live in Alpharetta, Georgia. ýc.2006ý